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The Doctor Is In: What Is Emervel?

Cosmetic medicine (the field of Botox and fillers like Restylane) is pretty much a part of life now. But, as in all things technologically driven change is always on the horizon and scientists seek to offer better and better options. The latest ‘filler’ to hit our shores is known as Emervel. We asked our resident expert, Dr Joanna Romanowska of Clinic42, if she could pass on some info and also tell us a little bit about the new cosmetic medicine technique known as ‘ferning’.

Dr Joanna Romanowska


J: What is the new advanced filler we’ve heard murmurings about?

Dr Jo: The new filler is called ‘Emervel’ and it is the latest in the range of hyaluronic fillers to arrive in New Zealand. It comes in a variety of thicknesses and can be used for a wide range of skin types and concerns. Although it is a recent arrival in New Zealand, it has been available and widely used in Europe and the UK for several years. This means there are good scientific studies available on the safety and efficacy of the new range and that is very reassuring for me as a practitioner. There are new products being launched all the time and not all of them turn out to be as good and safe in the long-term as the advertising promises, so we’re very careful about the products or equipment we choose to add to our patients’ treatment options.

J: Why is Emervel different?

Dr Jo: Like most of the fillers we use for cosmetic treatments it’s still made from hyaluronic acid, which ensures excellent qualities and safety profile. However, in composition, the gel is softer than the Restylane range of fillers and there are more options. Restylane provides more structure and “lift” when required i.e. in deep lines and thicker, sun-damaged skin, or in the cheek-bone area for a “liquid face-lift” treatment, while Emervel’s softer look is perfect for the finer lines and thinner skin, or a rounder, less “sculpted” appearance. It’s great for an older facewhen we need to soften sharp angles and hollows.

J: Will longevity and results be the same?

Dr Jo: Longevity of the effects created is claimed to be greater than with the other products (9 to 12 months), but we haven’t been using it for long enough to get a clear picture of actual duration. The longevity depends on the product used, the amount used and also on the area treated. For example temples and cheeks last much longer than lips or smile lines where there is much more movement.

J: Will the price differ from, say, Restylane?

Dr Jo: The price from the supplier is higher than some of the other products, but we’ve managed to be able to offer it to our patients at the same price.

J: We’ve been hearing about a new technique called ‘Ferning’. Could you explain what this is?

The “Ferning” technique is a specific way of injecting filler into “dynamic” (movement) lines. We do it very superficially, to, in effect, splint the skin and reduce the amount of muscle activity that ‘scrunches’ the skin into lines.

The minute injections are placed at right angles to the lines, as opposed to the usual method of injecting under and along the line. The best product for this technique is Restylane, because it is thin enough to inject very superficially, while still being firm enough to provide the support and “splinting” required for the lines.

The result actually improves for several weeks following the treatment, and we find it to be surprisingly long-lasting in those difficult areas.


Thanks Dr Jo for the enlightenment 🙂


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